Mario Lopez Named Grand Marshal of 2012 Apple Blossom Festival

photo credit: Chrisa Hickey

Festival President, Tom Scully, has announced that contemporary entertainment superstar, Mario Lopez, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Mario Michael Lopez, Jr is an American television host, model, and actor who has appeared on several television series, in films, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of the character A.C. Slater on Saved By The Bell, which he also portrayed as a regular on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He has appeared in numerous projects since, including the third season of Dancing with the Stars and as a celebrity guest host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show Extra. He currently hosts America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV.

Mario is balancing his trip to Winchester with a very busy schedule in Hollywood. Mario will fly to Virginia on an overnight flight Friday night to arrive for the festivities on Saturday, May 5th; and, then return to California. His only scheduled public appearance will be during the Grand Feature Parade.


  1. Someone that is a little modern. This should be refreshing.

  2. Who?

  3. Okay, Apple Blossom just got a whole lot more interesting!! Might actually have to go to the parade now. 🙂

  4. My 2 Cents says:

    I guess I need to tone my rhetoric down, or it won’t get posted…. I think for once, its awesome that the YOUNG crowd will actually have something to look forward too. The usual celeb’s that are pushing 80 years old are getting to be too much for me……

  5. hhmmm... says:

    Yay…ok that was sarcasm…I can’t get excited over Apple Blossom. Too many people..who can be rude. Too expensive. Too many closed streets. Not enough parking. Too expensive..oh wait I said that already ;). It used to be fun but now it really is too expensive n I don’t mind happy drunks..those are entertaining..but now some just take it too far. O’k that’s my rant. Now I feel better!

  6. Nice to see a B lister who is current instead of an A lister from 30+ years ago.